Patient and Family Resources
When you need critical care, the Level I trauma center at Indiana University Health Methodist Hospital is prepared to offer you the care you need—but most severe injuries can be prevented. At IU Health Methodist, our mission is to decrease the number of severe injuries across our state. That’s why we’re working to increase awareness about acute injury causes and to share effective strategies for prevention. Our dedicated team develops injury prevention programs based on the incidents we see in the Emergency Room, using the information we acquire to help create a safer environment outside of the hospital and providing our patients, families and communities with the necessary knowledge to help keep them safer.
Injury Prevention Programs at IU Health Methodist include:
ThinkFirst for Teens
Developed by America’s Neurosurgeons, ThinkFirst for Teens is a National Injury Prevention Foundation that educates young people about personal vulnerability and risk taking. The curriculum has four components: school-based education, reinforcement activities, general public education, and public policy initiatives. IU Health Methodist Trauma provides the ThinkFirst Teens program free of charge to high schools and college students throughout the state of Indiana.
Matter of Balance for Falls Prevention
Matter of Balance: Managing Concerns About Falls is a program designed to reduce the fear of falling and increase activity levels among older adults. IU Health Methodist offers this eight-week course with two-hour sessions led by a trained facilitator free of charge. This nationally recognized program is supported by the Center for Disease Control and the Administration on Aging. The course focuses on controlling your falls, setting goals to increase activity, making changes to reduce fall risk at home and incorporating exercise to increase strength and balance.
Heads-Up: Concussion in High School Sports
This free program, developed by the Center for Disease Control, provides information about concussions to school nurses, coaches, parents, and athletes involved in youth sports. The program is designed to educate participants of any form, on signs and symptoms, danger signs and how to return to play safety.
Distracted driving from texting, eating and drinking, grooming, checking technology, and even talking with a passenger, results in many injuries. The other leading cause of accidents is impaired driving. IU Health Methodist offers a free program to participants of all ages to experience a state of the art virtual driver that simulates both distracted and impaired driving and illustrates the consequences of choices made behind the wheel.
To learn more about these and other injury prevention programs at IU Health Methodist, contact:
Nena Ray, LPN
Injury Prevention Coordinator
IU Health Methodist Hospital